Days of Art – Same Hate, Different Day

History lies. That is, the human interpretation of historical events is and has always been subject to change and distortion from historians. Stated more directly, people bend facts in order to substantiate whatever socio-political view they are expectorating. However photos, although subject to the same distortions as anything else, are unique in that they allow…

Days of Art: The Temporal Invincibility of Art

Some people may question why we’ve devoted so much of the space on this blog to the history of art. The answer is simple — the ultimate measure of art isn’t what some critic thinks or (especially) what a professor teaches or a publisher endorses. No, the measure is simpler than that and two-fold: One,…

Days of Art – Joey Alexander

CBS network did a piece on Joey Alexander, a 12-year-old jazz piano prodigy from Bali, Indonesia. If you are a fan of jazz, of music, or of kids, you should check it out. At the very least, take a listen to Joey’s rendition of “Giant Steps.” Still don’t think he’s legit? Well, he recorded his…

Days of Art #56: Two Street Shooters

This is just a quick pointer and a shout out to 2 street photographers I think you might like, both of whom use artistry and humor to document life. The is first is Matt Stuart, who has perfected the art of humor in his photography. Matt does commercial work, but it’s his street work —…

Days of Art # 53: The Smell of Brilliance

I cannot explain the taste of sour brilliance rotting in the sun like fruit the chartreuse color of the number six — but I can smell it when it ripens and I cannot teach you how to feel the bristles of magic against the nape of your existence or how pink smells against sweaty feet…

Days of Art – #52: Dee-1

“I said, ‘Homey, that’s my mouth.’ He said, ‘Homey, that’s a pistol.’” A quick shout in your direction about Dee-1, a young rapper from New Orleans who burst onto the scene with the song “Jay, 50 & Weezy” wherein he called out Jay-Z, 50 Cent, and Lil Wayne for their lack of positive influence on…

Days of Art #46: Playing for Change

Playing for Change, according to their website “is a movement created to inspire and connect the world through music.” It began in 2002 when its co-founders, Mark Johnson and Whitney Kroenke toured the street of America with a mobile recording studio and cameras looking for “inspiration and the heartbeat of the people.” They found it,…